The Freebie Round-Up #19

mnjtgskHello people! I can still feel the impact of the Sunday message and the Tim Challies conference that I just want to put in my heart that I need to focus on Christ goodness in my life. Will you include me in your prayers that I may give my best for God? All of us need a prayer and encouragement to go through this crazy world. Anyways, its freebie time and I hope you’ll enjoy these free stuff!

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Click here to read DG’s conference notes of Live It Well

FREE Douglas Wilson e-books – Wilson is at it again with his free stuff all November. His books Same-Sex Mirage and Joy at the End of the Tether is free on Kindle in a limited time.

FREE e-book “The Story of Redemption” by Greg Gilbert – From Genesis to Revelation, God reveals a narrative story that centers to His Son, Jesus Christ and His obedience to the cross to save the elect. Join Bible commentator, Greg Gilbert explore this theme in this free e-book simply by signing up Crossway’s newsletter.

*New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE e-book “39 Awesome youth group games, ice breakers and activities” – Fervr is a site for the Christian youth and part of being a youth is hanging out with fellow Christians. Here’s a 16 page free e-book that will jazz up your youth group.

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Click here to read this video round-up

FREE e-book “Doing Life Together” from Joni and Friends – This freebie is about reaching out people of disability who are isolating themselves and building a meaningful relationship.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE online course on Apologetics from 1517 Academy –  Dr. John Francisco of 1517 offers this free course by e-mail on defending the Christian faith.

FREE e-book “Come Unto Me” by Tony Reinke – In this free book, Reinke focuses on how God draws the world to by the gospel.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE “Gospel of John” from The Preacher’s Bible – Get to sample this great Bible by download and print the Gospel of John (NASB) from the Preacher’s Bible for free.

Want more freebies? Check these previous round-ups:

The Freebie Round-Up # 18

The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

 

 

The Video Round-Up #2

eilvkznThis week I found some brand new artist with their cool songs that keep ear occupied. They are recommended from not the mostly likely places I can find but I’m glad they did.

First off is from Tim Challies blog. If Challies recommends something specially a band who am I not to check it out.  And the CityAlight is pretty good. Not another Hillsong clone but if you check their lyrics its totally soaked biblically. Read the full article here.

FERVR posted on Instagram a fresh post titled 5 Christian Songs You Need to Know. The list includes a favorite of mine, DreamsDreams is the opening song from River & Robots latest album Discovery.  River & Robots is a superb band, blending acoustic and electronic sounds with smooth vocals of Jonathan Ogden. Going back to the list, some are fresh faces and some are already established but I think you’ll find something to enjoy even its just a short list.

And finally, Southern Seminary uploaded a video (actually audio and some visuals) of  Boyce Vocal Band, a travelling worship team from Boyce College with their rendition of the hymn, Blessed Assurance. It’s a pretty awesome cover of the old hymn and I give a thumbs up. For more of details of Boyce Vocal Band (and more stuff from them ) and the Institute for Biblical Worship, follow this link.

Live It Well Conference (Day 2 Notes)

cbqx3ijHere are my notes on the second day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 1 Notes.

(I enjoyed the messages from Tim Challies and had fellowship with friends who also attended Live It Well. Thank you Higher Rock Conference for bring Tim here in the Philippines and looking forward for more conferences.)

Session 5: Live in Freedom

Romans 8: 1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

We live in 3 kinds of culture:

  • shame
  • fear
  • guilt

These 3 can be seen when Adan and Eve sin against God.

Your standing on God or man depends on the level of honor/out of fear/ guilt or innocence.

Fear and Guilt

  • every time you break the law of God

Romans 8:1 

  • one group is facing condemnation but they are not condemn.
  • the group that is not facing condemnation is now in Christ.
  • their is still condemnation to the group that is not in Christ.

What can I do to be “in Christ”? 

No. There is nothing you can do.

Jesus takes your righteousness. Your fear and guilt are removed by trusting in Christ.

“The guilty can be made innocent. The innocent cannot be guilty.”

Tim sites examples on the burden we carry from his mother’s testimony (which in that point Tim got emotional) and Pilgrim’s Progress.

Many Christians live feeling the burden of guilt and that God will somehow punish them.

Question: Where does these burden comes from?

Answer: They are bringing those burdens back to them.

Remember:

  • The gospel didn’t stop the moment you trust in Christ. Its just the beginning.
  • God didn’t demand two payments of sin. It’s already paid. Not just on sins you have done but what you are doing and what you will be doing. Let go of the guilt.

 

Session 6: Live to Die

Ecclesiastes Chapters 11 and 12 

(Addressing growing old and a much wiser Solomon addressing the youth.)

v. 5 – Acknowledge man will die

v. 6 – Remember your Creator

v. 7 – We will return to dust

Chapter 11: 7- Chapter 12

Who will you be then?

Godliness just doesn’t just happen.

Who you are today is who you’ll be in old age. You have to make it today to be committed to be joyful/godly today.

Be joyful and holy today.

v.9 – Rejoice with your youth

3 Joy Enhancers According to Ecclesiastes 11: 9 

  • Enjoy life but acknowledge that youthfulness will come to an end. Savor life. We have one opportunity to live a life well.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge of a coming judgment. Live with boundaries. Know what to avoid and what to pursue.
  • Enjoy life but acknowledge the vanity of it. Life is a vapor. Nothing will last forever.

Every joy in this world points out to the Creator. Enjoy it as a gift.

Chapter 12

Remember Him today.

v. 4- Metaphor of a crumbling body of an old man.

What pleasure or passion God’s want you to pursue?

Who will you be in old age?

 

Session 7: Live to Share the Gospel

Jonah 4 (Jonah’s reaction with God sparing Nineveh)

What if the Book of Jonah ended in Chapter 3? or Matthew ended in Chapter 27?

It would be a different book.

Beholding God in Jonah 4

God’s characters displayed in the last chapter of that book:

  • patience
  • sovereign
  • compassionate

Patience

v. 1-3 – Jonah’s anger with the people of Nineveh repenting

v. 4-6 – God’s response to Jonah

Do you reflect God’s patience to your life?

Does that patience extends from you to others?

Sovereign

v.11 – God is sovereign even if you don’t understand it.

Do you love God for being sovereign?

Jonah love God’s sovereignty when it is in favor to him.

Jonah loves God’s sovereign when God rescued Him with a fish and when God gave him the plant. But Jonah didnt see God’s sovereignity when God spared Nineveh.

Do you love God’s sovereignty when it gives you the good? Remember Romans 8: 28?

Compassionate

v. 11 – Do you reflect the compassion of God?

God is a God of compassion. God extends that compassion to you when He saved you. Will you extend that compassion to others?

The soul is precious. The one thing you can take to heaven is souls.

How do we express that compassion of God?

Share the gospel.

Session 8: Ask Me Anything 

No notes taken.

 

Live It Well Conference (Day 1 Notes)

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Here are my notes on the first day of Live It Well Conference with guest speaker Tim Challies. Click here for Day 2 Notes.

Session 1: Live It Well

Question: How do we live out what the Bible says?

Example: How do I live out the Great Commission on work or school?

Westminster Shorter Cathechism states:

What is the chief end of man?

 “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

But HOW?

There were a great deal of books a few years ago on the theme of being radical in the Christian life.

What need does these books addressing?

Significance,being radical, hoping to spark our lives etc.

But in 1 Thessalonians 4, being ordinary is enough!

How does it look like being an ordinary Christian?

How can we live our lives pleasing to God?

In 1 Thessalonians 4,

1.) sexual purity

2.) loyalty/ loving one another

3.) industrious/live peacefully/mind you own affairs

Sexual Purity

Be a Christian that is sexually pure.  The way we handle our sexuality shows if we are following God.

v. 3 Sanctification- do we want to be holy?

Why? Because it stuns and stops Christian growth

Negative – Avoid sexual immorality

Positive- put sin to death, pursue righteous and what is holy, control desire.

v. 6 we see the warning

Loyalty/ Loving People (v.9)

1.) Love taught by God shown through the cross. Is your church committed on the cross of Christ?

2.) The primary love of the Christian is to love other Christians. How do you express love to the local church?

Industrious (v. 11)

Aspire to work peacefully, mind your own affairs.

Be content to be unnoticed.

Session 2: Live In Christ

Mark 5: 1-20 – Jesus encounters a demon possessed man.

Have you been set free?

The man is demon possessed. We are possessed by the power of sin. Jesus comes to our world to free the oppressed.

Angels and demons exist. They know Jesus is the Son of God (He is God Himself). The demon is terrified.

Jesus offers freedom to this man. This man cannot free himself. He needs Jesus.

Have you been set free?

Jesus is powerful. If Jesus can offer freedom from demon possession, he can offer freedom from sin.

Look at v. 15 for the response.

There are two response:

1.) They saw the power of God but not the man who is now OK. They (the people) saw God’s power but they dont want anything from it. “Jesus go away.”

2.)  This man wants to be close with Jesus. “Jesus I want to go with you.”

Jesus response: STAY! (Tell people around you what Jesus had done to you.)

How will you response?

Something to think about:

Pitiful – the man possessed with demons.

Most pitiful – Jesus on the cross with billions of billions of sins.

He can offer freedom. The oppressed are set free!

Have you been set free? The man possessed with demons can now live a life. We cant live the life because of sin.

Session 3: Live in God’s Word

Psalms 19

Canadians has traditions of wishing. Wishing by blowing a birthday cake, tossing a coin in a well and making a wish or wishing on a falling star.

So as the song by Jiminy Cricket:

“When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true.”

The truth is, wishes are things we want, but we don’t want to work for it.

Almost all our prayers are wishes. Prayers needs to take form of an action.

In Psalms 19, David is praying. He is not just wishing. He has a desire and plan.

David’s prayer (v. 14): 

  • “Let my words of my mouth”- clean mouth/outer
  • “and the meditation of my heart” – clean heart/inner
  • “be acceptable to in your sight” – “Make me acceptable to you”
  • “O, Lord” – depended in God
  • “my rock” – immovable
  • “and my redeemer” – saves/ keeping the covenant

And how will David do this?

Meditate on the two books of God:

1.) Book of Nature (v. 1-6) – Universal (revealed to everyone) but limited purpose (Romans 1: 18). We need to meditate to the beauty and wonder to nature that points to the Creator.

2.) Book of Scripture (v. 7-11) – Recorded Word of God for us. Even more sufficient than the Book of Nature.

7 Great Reasons Why Read the Bible

  • to be saved
  • to be wise
  • to be joyful
  • to have clarity
  • to be clean
  • to be godly

Free from sin and hating sin are the effects of meditating to these two books (v 12-13).

How can you have a clean mouth and clean heart?

Read the Book of Nature and Book of Scripture.

Are you reading those two books?

Session 4: Live in God’s Will

Judges 6 – Gideon and the fleece.

We have this fear. Fear that if we make a wrong choice God will bless us less.

There are two ways in making a choice:

  • God’s way
  • our way

What is God’s will?

How will God guide me today so I can consciously participate in doing His will?

Keep these in mind:

  • God is sovereign
  • God is speaking today
  • God is speaking to you today
  • God speaks clearly

How do we know God’s will?

Through His Son by the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Bible is enough. God is speaking to you in the Bible.

How can I make a decision that is accordance with God’s will?

  • What does the Bible say about it?
  • What is the wisest choice or choices?
  • What do I want to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #18

fg5vkthGood day guys! Due to the amount of freebies I want to share and some of these items will expire soon, I’m posting this less than a week round-up.   There are lots of generous folks out there specially Douglas Wilson, who everytime he post an article he includes a free ebook. So let’s start this round up with his freebies:

FREE Douglas Wilson e-books – So far he offers Rules for Reformers and Federal Husband free on Kindle published by Canon Press.

FREE James Montgomery Boice’s “Reaching Out: Walking with Other by Following Christ” – This free e-book explores the Gospel of Matthew and focus on how Jesus changed the people as He walks with them.

*New must read post: The Quotable Round-Up #100, A Trip to Boosale (Revisited and Updated), 5 Questions A “Bible Only” Proponent Should Ask, 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder,

FREE “The Greatest Story Ever Told” e-book from White Horse Inn– Sign up with  Modern Reformation’s monthly web exclusive newsletter and receive from a free e-book. 

FREE “Life in Four Stages” e-book by Albert Mohler A new book from Al Mohler which explores the four stages of life and shows how to live for God’s glory in every stage.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE “Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary” by S. M. Baugh –  Get this free resource considered by D. A. Carson as “the best technical commentary of Ephesians” simply by signing up for Lexham Press e-newsletter.

FREE “Christian Behavior” by John Bunyan – Chapel Library offers this free e-book about how we Christians should walk knowing that God saved us by grace.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book.  

FREE “Issues on History and Exegesis” e-book by Carl Trueman and G. K. Beale – Westminster Theological Journal presents the best of Carl Trueman and G. K. Beale in this free download.

FREE “Monday Morning Success” e-book by Hugh Whelchel –  Power up your Christian witness in the workplace by grabbing this free e-book just by signing up with Institute for Faith, Work and Economics blog.

Want more freebies? Check these previous round-ups:

The Freebie Round-Up #17

The Freebie Round-Up #16

The Freebie Round-Up #15

The Freebie Round-Up #14

The Freebie Round-Up #16

2njbdw7Its Reformation Week! What better way to celebrate its 501 th year than to have some freebies for you. Dont forget to share this stuff to others. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation” by Michael Reeves – Luther really changed the world and influence countless individuals. This free resources captures the essence of the movement written as an evangelistic resource by Michael Reeves made possible by Desiring God.

FREE audio download of “Science and the Bible” by Rob Bowman from Credo Courses – Final day to get the audio format of the lecture, so be use to download it NOW!

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE e-book “Everyone’s a Theologian” by R. C. Sproul – This free resource is a primer for systematic theology that is a must read for every Christian discussing the Bible.

FREE e-book “Practical Christianity by A. W. Pink –  one of the newest title Monergism has released, Pink expounded the Scriptures to teach the believers on applying it in their lives.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE e-book “Commentary of 1 Thessalonians” by Todd Braye – a collection of 27 sermon manuscripts intended for Filipino pastors now free to download.

FREE 3 e-books about John Calvin from John Piper + free video from Desiring God – A fitting freebie for October 31 celebration, Desiring God offers these e-books and a video absolutely free.

FREE 3 e-books on Martin LutherA biography and two books written by Luther, these will keep you busy till the 31st .

5 Questions A ‘Bible Only’ Proponent Should Ask

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Like my previous post titled 5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder which I defined what is a Biblicist, we need to clarify what is a Bible only folks for this article. “Bible only” proponents believes that they only need the Bible in the Christian life. This is not espousing the position of Sola Scriptura but Solo Scriptura. Of course they believe in the Bible alone as authority however other sources specially books are not needed. Some (but not all) fundamental or Bible Baptist folks hold on this. I don’t consider this as a major teaching but primary an argument against using resources other than the Scriptures.

Also I want to clarify that this article doesn’t set aside Sola Scriptura in favor of other resources. I uphold Sola Scriptura and reject Solo Scriptura.  Though not as equal as the Bible on authority, I believe God uses books and other resources to help Christians in understanding God. However to have a biased view on these materials is advocating anti-intellectualism and unbiblical.

And with that lets jump in to the 5 questions a “Bible only” folks should ask:

Do I use hymnal books, Sunday school hand outs, church by laws, VBS curriculum, dictionaries or seminary textbooks at church? 

Why use those resources when you have already a Bible?  After all its “Bible only” right? You might response that you don’t view these resources  at par with the authority of the Bible. Then again, this and the following two points are influential in your perspective and you shouldn’t deny it.

Am I benefiting on the Bible’s built in features like cross reference, introduction to the books of the Bible, maps, appendixes, indexes, and also the divisions and numberings of chapters and verses? 

Let’s push it further. One should also consider if he is a “Bible only” Christians, are those built in tools found in his Bible. They’re found in the Bible however they are not part of the Bible.  The text itself is the Bible. You might find it too much but if you want to be a purist in the “Bible only” sense, you should consider this question. Nevertheless, you are succumbing to a man made tool place in your Bible.

Are my educational background (theological or secular), denominational tradition or church culture and values;  in any way influence my being ‘Bible only’?

I think we should not limit the “Bible only” position on tangible resources mentioned above.  How about the things that shaped us as a Christian either from a Christian or secular influence. This is an inescapable truth that we are formed by these elements, wont you agree? still believe in your position is impossible. The reality is, the mere fact you believe in “Bible only” position is a compelling evidence that these influence are truly “controlling” you to sway to such belief.

Now for something personal…. 

Am I intimidated by individuals who reads lots of books? 

We should also look at this angle which can be a  bit personal. After all this maybe a valid reason why you hold on this so called position. Do you feel intimidated by believers who enjoy reading  Christian books, talking about it and sharing it? Lets tweak the question a bit more: Do you feel left out in the conversation when people starts talking about the books or author they follow?

Another question I want to ask (and I’m risking to be too personal): Are you threaten by smart individuals at church?  Do you feel you might lose authority or relevance to these people who are smarter than you? In this case, this not an issue of whether you stand on this impossible position, its a matter pride.

Am I just plain lazy to study?

Maybe this is another reason why you say you’re “Bible only”.  Rather than be honest that you don’t know or don’t want to learn something you settle for this excuse.  If you’re a pastor or preacher you should know better. You owe your church or ministry that you should be equip first by rooting on Scriptures and then getting excellent resources. Times are changing, culture is shifting and people need answers. It wont hurt to learn something that will eventually benefit the church. Not all of what you need to know has been taught to you in seminary. You might need to update, expand and level up.

 

The Freebie Round-Up #15

tz1vcc7Heads up! Time for some freebies that will complete your weekend. And as usual Delighting Grace assures your 100 % satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “The Legacy of Luther” e-book – Just in time for the celebration of the Reformation Day, Reformation Trust is offering this e-book for free.

FREE “Be Responsible” by Warren W. Wiersbe – This commentary of 1 Kings is free for a limited time courtesy of David C. Cook.

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE audio download of “World Religions” by Rober Bowman – Credo Courses has a new course and its free for a limited time. If you have some extra money, try getting some of their paid courses.

FREE e-book  “Women of the Word” by Jen Wilkin– Crossway is giving out this superb e-book just by filling out this short survey.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE digital audio of “Apologetic Boot Camp” from Credo Courses –  Still available from Credo Courses. Learn how to defend the faith by downloading the audio format of this course by Michael Patton and Tim Kimberley.

FREE “5 SOLAS” e-booklet by Nick Jones – CrossHope Bible Ministry is offering this brief booklet on the 5 Solas of the Reformation.

FREE “Battling Baptist Bogus Beliefs” by Zigfred  M. Diaz– This free paper will be published soon that tackles Baptist Landmarkism and Successionism heresy.

 

The Freebie Round-Up #14

uzx0qqlHeads up! Time for some freebies that will complete your weekend. And as usual Delighting Grace assures your 100 % satisfaction by bring free stuff that you can use to help your personal growth and the ministry that you are apart of. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE Charles Spurgeon’s Christ’s Glorious Achievements e-book– Banner of Truth delivers this essential book from the Prince of Preachers. Just choose epub format of the book, add it in your cart and before you check out, use this coupon code: spurgeonebook.

FREE Why God Made Cities e-book by Tim Keller – A free e-book from his Redeemer City to City outreach, Keller explains how global cities can be renewed by God (scroll down on the page and look for the freebie).

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now, 7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book, 3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE Duties of a Gospel Minister e-book by John Holt Rice – A brand new e-book freebie from Log College Press. Click the Click Here for a Free E-book! button.

FREE The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses e-book by Chris Bruno – Get this great book from Crossway just by filling up a quick survey.

FREE audiobooks of  Pursuing God and Wasted Faith by Jim Elliff –  There are two audiobooks for free download written by Jim Elliff from Christian Communicator Worldwide. Check the links and enjoy listening to the books.

And now for some non-Reformed freebies….

FREE Christian Metalcore bands advice on overcoming depression and finding purpose e-booklet – This free e-booklet collects advice from bands like Silent Planet, Memphis May Fire, Fit for a King etc., on how to cope with depression and finding purpose in life. This is from HeartSupport ministry.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. Petersen, Squad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. John, Tested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE How to Self-Publish and Expand Your Ministry guide – This free publishing guides pastors on how to publish their own books and further expand his ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Connecting to This Generation

7svkxtyAs I was sitting during the forum on the controversial Pinoy Version translation of the New Testament, my mind started to wander. I began to imagine that the new translation of the Bible is like a pastor who wants to reachout millenials. So the pastor thought of two thinks he can do to do this.

The first one, the pastor decided to do some shopping for clothes millenials wear and then visited his barber. He asked his barber to cut his hair like those of teens. After this, he came to church to meet the youth group that will come with him in the outreach. The youth group was surprise to see their pastor sporting a millenial look. And to top it all, their pastor started using millenial words as he speaks to them which they find cringe worthy. Well it would be nice to see their pastor cool and connect to teenagers but in that very moment,its seems very awkward. They wish their pastor will go back to his usual look. Anyway, they went off  to check the teens in their community. Not long they meet some youth at the community park. The pastor talk to these teens and invited them to church on Sunday. They felt a bit weird on how the pastor looks and talks but they agreed to come to the Sunday. Well Sunday came and some of the invited youth came and some profess their faith in Christ. Mission accomplished!

The second one, the pastor decided to go to their outreach program with the usual clothes he wear. Casual but not like he’s going to a mall to hang out. He brought his Bible and head on to the church where the youth group is waiting for him. As he approaches the church, some of the youth had a certain excitement in their heart. Having their pastor do outreach with them is such an honor. Their confidence level was boosted. After praying they go out to the community. Not long they came to a basketball court were some teens are taking a rest after the game. Seeing that a pastor coming to them, the teens stood up and shook the pastors hand. The pastor talk to the teens. After that the youth group gave some invitation card for the youth program on Sunday. Sunday came and some of the invited teens showed up. And when the gospel was preach some profess their faith in Christ. Mission accomplished!

We can’t ignore that fact that the Pinoy Version can connect to the present generation and in God’s mercy get people saved by reading the gospel in that translation. There are lots of good reasons that proponents of this translation that are valid. However, for me I’m more concern on the reverence, respect, dignity and encouragement that seems to me the Pinoy Version can’t live up with. The unbelievers knows what the Bible is and its use at church. They know its holy and it demands reverence. A Bible in the vernacular language wont deliver that.  However I’m not closing the door for this version. I think there are rooms for improvement and I hope they do it soon. But for now its a NO for me. I’m not stopping anyone to read it. I might even buy one. But to recommend it to be use in churches and even in outreaches, I strong discourage it.

I know that the Philippine Bible Society are doing their part in promoting Bible reading. I think its better that they stick with it for now and further strengthen it, rather than produce a new translation. Get some social media mileage and think of better Bible reading programs. I’m praying that they will.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t consume ourselves with this new translation. I think we had enough of it over Facebook. We have heard both sides and we already spoken out our opinions.  But in the midst of it, we forgot something else. We should ask ourselves if we are evangelizing to our neighbors. Its easy to complain for things we cant control but how about the things we can change with ourselves and our churches? How’s our sharing of the gospel?

I think its much better to consume our time to reach out the lost than to criticize the Pinoy Version. Lets have a mindset that we can outlast any controversy whether it be a new translation or a cultic group with our zeal and love to evangelize our community.  Of course, errors should be exposed but let us expose the love of God more. That’s our main missions as God’s chosen people.